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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

From: "Xu Guojun" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2005 02:40:06 +0000


Mr. Xu Guojun
FAX: +44-870-130-5991
TEL: +44-703-194-5674

12th June,2005.

Dear Friend,


Firstly, I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of
this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you
come by as a result of this mail. I am making this contact with you based
on reliable information available to me courtsey of internet business
index and confirmed by our local chambers of commerce and industry
concerning your reputation. Thus I am hoping you would be capable to provide
me with a solution to a money transfer transaction (AMOUNT WITHELD FOR


Please note that I would require a measure of guarantee prior to
commencement, as I am hoping to build our trust on sincerity of purpose and
mutual understanding. Please also do not under estimate the need for
total confidentiality throughout the course of this transaction. You may
use these links for some information:

Toward the end of my service with Bank of China where I worked for many
years, several of my colleagues and I set up companies with which we
successfully secured loans for speculation in Hong Kong and Singapore
stocks and real estate. We did this because it had dawned on us that we
were paid barely enough to feed our families while top government
officials control billions of dollars. The bank along with regulatory
authorities from China and Hong Kong started an investigation into the
of money and as a result of this, a few of my colleagues and I went into
hiding and have settled ourselves and our families. Due to my position
as being involved with the initial investigation, I cannot receive this
money by ourselves or in our names at this time . Furthermore we had
decided to remove this money and divide it accordingly pending when the
investigation dies down. This has occured and I cannot leave the money
unattended for much longer for fear that it might be discovered. I
hereby solicit your assistance to help take delivery of my share of this
funds (AMOUNT WITHELD FOR SECURITY REASONS) into your custody,and you will
be adequately compensated with 20% of the entire sum. Suffice it to say
that the total monies involved between my friends and I totalled over
US$485,000,000.00(Four hundred and eighty five million United states

It is my intention therefore having your understanding and co-operation
that you invest 75% of these funds in the United States and Europe in
commercial real estate as well as low risk stocks and bonds on my behalf
for a few years while the balance 5% will cater for all local and
foreign expenses incurred in facilitating the transfer of this funds. My
projection is to conclude transfer of funds latest 14 working days from
date of reciept of the following information by FAX: +44-870-130-5991 or
email (Your full name and address, your telephone and fax numbers and a
brief profile of yourself to assure me of your capability). Our
perfected modalities is remittance of stated funds appearing as you or your
company's entitlement to your nominated account. The requested
information will enable me commence the transaction and the paperwork.

I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find
no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask
that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no
appeal to you, delete this message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not
destroy me because you do not approve of my proposal. You may not know
this but people like myself who have made tidy sums out of comparable
situations ran the whole private banking sector. I am not a criminal and
what i did, i did not find against good conscience, this may be hard
for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I
made this move. Such opportunities only come ones' way once in a
lifetime. I could not let my chance pass me by, for once I found myself in
total control of my destiny. It was my chance and i did not let it pass me
by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with
me let me know and let me move on with my life but do not destroy me. I
am a family man and it was an opportunity to provide my family with new
opportunities. There is a reward for this project and it is a task well
worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk i have
here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank where i
worked previously.

There is no risk whatsoever as all the paperwork for this transaction
will be done by a lawyer and my previous position as the Branch Manager
of the Bank of China, guarantee's the successful execution of this
transaction. If you are interested in this lucrative role, i urge you to
indicate to that effect. Upon your response, if favorable, I shall then
provide you with more details and relevant information that will help
you get full understanding of the transaction. I will appreciate it if
you send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easier

If you find yourself able to work with me, contact me through this
email .If you give me positive signals, i
will initiate this process towards a conclusion. Contact me only through
the numbers i will provide for you and also through this email address.
Please, again, note i am a family man; i have a wife and children. I send
you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences
may be, but i know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and
that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is
the one truth i have learned from my private banking clients. Do not
betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should plan a
meeting, soon.

In closing, please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured
that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because i
shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country. Upon
receiving your reply via my confidential email address, i will then
furnish you with a more comprehensive detail of this transaction and what
is required of you.

Please contact me immediately you recieve this mail by FAX:
TEL: +44-703-194-5674 or this email

Again I look forward to doing business with you and solicit your utmost
confidentiality in this transaction.

Your faithfully,

Mr. Xu Guojun.

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